2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Winner
2000 Massachusetts Book Award, Honor Book
2000 Boston Authors Club, Runner-Up
One of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books
How cool is this! A collector's edition of ZACHARY'S BALL, signed by 19 members of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, was auctioned on eBay to benefit First Book, a great organization that provides books for low income families. The auction raised $1,950 to provide books to Boston-area children in need. Here is a picture of the signed page:
"Zachary's Ball is a children's classic."
"Magic, nostalgia and the power of a child's imagination come into play with winning results in the pencil illustrations of Tavares's debut children's book.... The timeless quality of Tavares's black-and-white pencil illustrations is in perfect pitch with the story's setting and theme. Close-up images of Zachary convincingly convey the boy's elation in his moments of ball-playing triumph-- a feeling with which young baseball fans will surely identify."
"ZACHARY'S BALL, by Matt Tavares, is a magical book. Incredibly intricate pencil illustrations pull the reader into Zachary's special baseball world... A book your child will want to hear again and again." - Boston Herald
"The children seem lit from within by their and Tavares's love of the game."
"The mystique of our national pastime is artfully captured through the eyes of a child in this sports story with a feel-good ending.... a heartwarming fantasy that will appeal to young fans and parents alike."